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Lord Hunt returns as health minister

Lord Philip Hunt has returned to the Department of Health to take up the role of minister of state for quality.

He rejoins the department after a three-year absence following the retirement of Lord Warner at the end of last year.

Lord Hunt, a former chief executive of the NHS Confederation, will take on some of the most contentious areas from Lord Warner's portfolio, including GPs' pay and pensions.

He has also taken responsibility for the National Programme for IT, MRSA and professional regulation.Lord Hunt resigned from his previous post at the department in 2003 in protest at the Government's policy over Iraq.

During his four-year tenure, he was also responsible for NHS IT, as well as waiting lists and reform of cancer services.

Andy Burnham becomes minister for delivery and reform, taking over implementation of the Our Health, Our Care, Our Say white paper, system reform and the choice agenda.

He will be responsible for strategic finance including allocations and the comprehensive spending review.

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